Authorities: Body of former Roswell woman found in Texas

8:21 PM, Feb 14, 2014   |    comments
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Leanne Bearden has been missing since Friday

GARDEN RIDGE, Texas -- Authorities say a former Roswell resident who went missing in Texas three weeks ago committed suicide.

Leanne Hecht Bearden, 33, had not been seen since leaving the home of her in-laws in Garden Ridge, Texas last month. She had told her husband that she was going out for a walk.

On Thursday, authorities said that a man discovered a body hanged in a wooded area behind his home in Garden Ridge. Investigators believe the body is Bearden's, according to Garden Ridge Police Chief Donna O'Conner.

Preliminary autopsy results indicate that the death was a suicide, according to O'Conner.

Bearden was a graduate of Roswell High School.

Bearden's family issued a statement on Thursday, saying, "Our family is understandably devastated by the news of the recovery of the remains of our beloved Leanne. We wish to thank the myriad of people who helped us search for Leanne and who supported us during this entire nightmare. We also wish to thank the members of the media who helped us tell our story. We thank the Garden Ridge Police Department and the other many agencies that provided such caring service to us. We especially thank the Heidi Search Center for their wonderful help and support. Although this is not the outcome we had hoped for, we draw comfort and strength from the outpouring of prayers, actions, and good wishes from all, including over 20,000 Facebook friends. We ask your continued prayers and good wishes for our family. Leanne was a lovely and remarkable young woman, and we will all miss her greatly."

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